4. Mexican Hot Chocolate, Nopalito. Cold? Have a sweet tooth? Want a mild cacao buzz instead of a big jolt from coffee? This TCHO-based Mexican hot chocolate from the Nopa district restaurant is truly decadent and surprising. It is laced with no less than three chilis — guajilla, arbol and ancho — and balanced with vanilla, orange and cinnamon. In a word: Beautiful. Conveniently located in Eco Lands, near Wine Lands and the Panhandle Stage. 5. Porcini Doughnut, Rich Table. Right next door, chef Evan Rich of Hayes Valley’s Rich Table is frying the most ethereal doughnuts you’re likely to ever experience. They’re beignet-like puffs served hot from the fryer with a sprinkling of porcini mushroom dust and a side of ricotta sauce. At first, it tasted like mushroom risotto in dough form. Then it tasted like Parmesan crisps. Then I washed a bite down with Nopalito’s hot chocolate and it tasted like heaven.
Holiday Wine & Dine Around, Santana Row, 377 Santana Row, San Jose, Help out Second Harvest Food Bank by purchasing a $15 ticket on santanarow.com or at the concierge center and receive complimentary food and wine tastings at select Row shops and restaurants, 6-8 p.m, santanarow.com, Santa Clara University choirs, “Festival of Lights,” Mission Santa Clara de Asis, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, The program draws on many traditions, those formed at SCU and those celebrated across the world, as it explores the changes of the seasons, a variety of holiday traditions, and concludes with an arrangement of “Silent Night” sung by candlelight, personalised ballet bag girls mini back pack pink dance sack holdall baby light pink ballerina dancer stage costume tap jazz sho 7:30 p.m, $5-$15 at scupresents.org..
Sunday’s celebration featured traditional dance performances, including a boisterous machete dance by Los Lupenos Juvenil. For kids, there were activities such as making dolls out of corn husks, sitting astride a wooden horse and lassoing steer horns, and candle-making: Dip wick in hot wax, dip wick in water, repeat as necessary until you have a candle. “Yeah, it’s fun!” said Jenna Kang, 9, who wanted to come to the party upon hearing that wax crafting would be available. “I’ve never made a candle before.”.
A band of strolling magicians will conjure up some fun at various stopping points in downtown during the Magic of Sunnyvale, Among the mages will be Steve Silverman of the famed Hollywood Magic Castle, YouTube phenom Chris “Orbit” Brown and Will Chandler, who founded the Magic Garage in the personalised ballet bag girls mini back pack pink dance sack holdall baby light pink ballerina dancer stage costume tap jazz sho Bay Area, Of course, man (or woman) cannot live on magic alone, so there’s also a simultaneous wine walk, featuring 20 local vineyards, Joel Wyrick of the Sunnyvale Downtown Association says it’s a different way to show off downtown’s recent and current redevelopment, Loft House Apartments, which is in the midst of its build-out, thinks so, too, and has signed up as the main sponsor..
Concord Mystery Book Club: 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, and mystery lovers are invited to join the group. On Dec. 14, the discussion will be on “A Marked Man,” by Barbara Hamilton. Concord Library Book Club: 6:30-7:45 Dec. 18. Adults meet the third Thursday of the month for a book group. On Dec. 18, the discussion is on “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee. The library is at 2900 Salvio St., Concord. Phone: 925-646-5455. Hours: Noon-9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.